Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The First Planting of Bulbs . . .

We love our garden flowers.     And one of our favorite seasons in the garden is Spring.     For the 23 years that we've lived at Linderhof, we've always planted bulbs -- some years more than others, but bulb planting is a rite of Fall!!!

My Wal Mart bulbs, the bone meal, and a trowel on a sunny fall day!

And this fall was no exception . . . instead of mail order bulbs, I picks these up at Wal Mart -- alliums which we found so charming in England this spring are new to the garden at Linderhof.   A package of daffodils that do so well in our garden and little grape hyacinths that are such cute spring flowers.

Because in Spring . . . I love the house to look like this . . .

King Alfred Daffodils in the sunroom -- for several years I bought king size bags of these at Costco to plant!

White ones in the living room -- bought mail order years and years ago!

And more of those white ones in the bedroom!

But I couldn't resist the mail order bulbs and so after these were planted I sent off for some aromatic daffodils, some little tete-a-tete daffodils, some snowdrops that I've wanted "forever" and have never ordered, some English bluebells for they were so pretty this year when we were in England, and some winter aconite that I fell in love with after seeing a post on Reggie's blog about these sweet yellow flowers. Alas, more planting . . . and this year I vowed to "not do as much"!!!!

The big bags of bulbs that I planted last year, I did not get to see for we were in England this year when most of them bloomed!!!     Sigh!!!  

But for a gardener, there is always "next year"!!!


Rebecca said...

What a great reminder! I've been wishing for some allium. Guess I need to quit "wishing" and get down to business. Now...or else I'll still be wishing in the spring!

Pondside said...

We buy a giant bag of bulbs each fall, and every spring enjoy the daffs that come up in the woods and along the paths. I like to plant them in surprising places, and after the years here my vision is starting to come to fruition. This year I`d like to start a lovely drift of snowdrops too.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha!
The only alliums we have are some chives, and then some enormous Crown Imperials -- crazy weird looking things.

Our tulips and daffs were sparse this year -- chipmunks I think -- so I really should pick up a few big bags of bulbs and dig in.

How wonderful to have enough daffodils to cut and bring inside. Heaven.

Happy planting, my friend. Keep Ollie out of the dirt!

Southerncook said...

Wrote out a comment and then lost it????? Loved this post, I am anxious to get my bulbs planted as well. Wednesday at garden circle meeting our guest speaker spoke on growing daffodils and which ones do best in our area. Very interesting speaker.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

It's wonderful to have this hope, this looking forward, at this sometimes gloomy time of year.

Rushd Lady said...

It makes me so sad to see all those wonderful bulbs you are going to plant this fall. I'm not allowed to garden any longer because of my herniated disc. Just picking up a few sticks the other day has cause me to hurt.
By the way, I remembered several other tea rooms -- there used to be one in Leavenworth called the Queen's Pantry. I don't know if it's still in business or not. There's one in Westport (downtown Kansas City)that my hubbin took me to and we ate at one in Osage Beach, MO on our honeymoon many moons ago. I've also had Bubble Tea at a Chinese restaurant on Metcalf in Overland Park, KS.
I also tried to post on your Fort Blog. Do I have to be a member to post?

Martha said...

Oh, Cass, Ollie is a gentlemen -- he WOULD NOT get his feet in dirt if he can help it!!!! HE doesn't help plant but he stays close.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, you will love your daffodil additions next spring!

On Crooked Creek said...

Guess who's heading to Wal~Mart this weekend? Lovely post! Now...hopeful for a little rain for your plantings!

Unknown said...

The bulbs aren't in our stores yet! *pout* but when they come in i;m getting some! I Love them too... I especially like iris!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I too am collecting bulbs for the garden. Dreaming of flowers in the spring sounds so good. You've got some nice new ones there. I ordered some alium moly--they're yellow! And, I bought some different red tulips for a big display in one of the new beds.